From March 14 – 16, the School of Computing and Information will be hosting its inaugural SCI Week–an event that brings together students and industry members to celebrate the fields of computing and information. Combining the Department of Computer Science’s CS Day and the former School of Information Sciences’ iFest week, this new school-wide event will feature several student competitions, research exhibitions, a networking event, and an “Industry Marketplace.” The Industry Marketplace will be held on Friday, March 16.


Monday, March 12 – Thursday, March 15 | Poster Competition
2:00 – 3:00PM | Information Sciences Building

Throughout the week, graduate and undergraduate student research posters will be on display in both the IS Building and Sennott Square. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, March 15.

Poster Submissions

Wednesday, March 14 | Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition
Noon – 2:00PM | William Pitt Union, Dining Room B

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that challenges PhD students and candidates to describe their research to a general audience within three minutes. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages them to communicate the importance of their research to the broader community.

Call for Participants

Calling all doctoral students and candidates!

The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges PhD students and candidates to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages them to communicate the importance of their research to the broader community.

Developed by The University of Queensland in 2008, enthusiasm for the 3MT concept and its adoption in numerous universities led to the development of an international competition. In SIS’ localized version of the 3MT, all doctoral students and candidates are eligible to compete. Don’t miss this opportunity to practice your presentation skills and have a chance to win a research travel grant!

Register to Compete

  • Register your intent to compete by completing this form. Submissions are due by Monday, March 6.
  • All competitors must present during the 3MT competition on Wednesday, March 14
  • Please direct any questions or submissions to Wes Lipschultz

Competition Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations, or ‘movement’ of any description–the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration to the end).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound or video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps, or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

Comprehension & Content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Were the thesis topic, key results, research significance, and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation, or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect, or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement & Communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact, and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?


Prize: TBD

Presentation Resources

To learn more about the competition history, rules, and to gain valuable preparation tips, visit the 3MT Web site.

Wednesday, March 14 & Thursday, March 15 | Resume Reviews
5:00 – 7:00PM | Information Sciences Building, Third floor & 5317 Sennott Square

Do you need assistance in preparing for Pitt’s Spring Career Fair, the SCI Industry Marketplace, or your internship and job search in general? Career mentors will be available to help you. Wednesday’s Review will take place in the IS Building and Thursday’s will be held in Sennott Square. Space is limited and you may only attend one review session.

Friday, March 16 | Industry Marketplace
10:00AM – 1:00PM | William Pitt Union, Ballroom

Undergraduate and Master’s students are encouraged to join us as we host employers who are eager to interact with you and discuss internship opportunities and full time positions. Practice your networking skills and make a good impression on employers. Companies from both technical and non-technical industries will be present.



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